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Relations with countries of the American region

The Argentine Republic

1. Recognition of Ukraine: December 5, 1991

2. Establishment of diplomatic Relations: January 6, 1992

3. Political relations:

Argentina was the first Latin American country to recognize Ukraine’s independence.

Argentina abstained on the UN Resolution № 68/262 of 27 March 2014 «The territorial integrity of Ukraine» as well as on resolutions adopted in support of Ukraine by the UN Human Rights Council (2014) and UNESCO (2014 and 2015).

In 2014 the Friendship Group with Ukraine was established in the Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine National Congress.

4. Trade and Economic Relations

In 2014 the bilateral trade turnover amounted to USD 94.2 million with the Ukrainian exports totaling USD 19.9 million and imports from Argentina counting up to
USD 72 million.

In the first half of 2015 the bilateral trade amounted to USD 38.2 million, while exports from Ukraine comprised USD 7.1 million and imports from Argentina
USD 31.1 million.

Main export items: fertilizers, ferrous metals, machinery.

Main import items: fish and crustaceans, fruit and nuts, seeds and oleaginous fruits, tobacco and its substitutes.

5. Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

The Ukrainian singers, musicians and ballet artists participate in cultural events in Argentina. The Days of the Argentine culture in Ukraine are regularly organized by the Embassy of Argentina.

Countries’ capitals, Kyiv and Buenos Aires enjoy twin-city relations.

6. The Legal Framework

Number of valid documents: 51.

Key instruments:

Treaty on Friendly Relations and Cooperation (in force since 11.04.2000); Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (in force since 30.12.1996); Agreement on Abolition of Visas (valid since 02.10.2011).

7. Ukrainian community:

The Ukrainians in Argentina form the second largest Ukrainian community in Latin America numbering approximately 250.000 Ukrainian descendants. Most of them reside in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Misiones, Chaco, Cordoba, Сorrientes, Rio Negro, Mendoza etc. The Central Ukrainian Representation unites over 30 organizations including the largest ones – the Ukrainian cultural society “Prosvita” and the Ukrainian society “Vidrodzhennia”.

8. Diplomatic representations of Ukraine:

Embassy of Ukraine to the Argentine Republic

http://argentina.mfa.gov.ua

The Federative Republic of Brazil

1. Recognition of Ukraine:  December 26, 1991

2. Establishment of Diplomatic Relations: 11 February, 1992

3. Political Relations:

Brazil abstained on the UN Resolution #68/262 of 27 March 2014 «The territorial integrity of Ukraine» as well as on resolutions adopted in support of Ukraine by the UN Human Rights Council (2014) and UNESCO (2014 and 2015).

On April 23, 2014 the Commission on Foreign Affairs and National Defense of the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Brazil adopted a resolution in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

A "Brazil-Ukraine" Parliamentary Group is formed in the Chamber of Deputies of the National Congress of Brazil. A Group for Parliamentary Relations with Brazil is formed within the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.

4. Trade and Economic Cooperation:

In 2014 the bilateral trade in goods amounted to USD 371.4 million with Ukraine’s negative balance of USD 150.9 million. The Ukrainian exports to Brazil totaled USD 110.2 million, while Ukraine’s imports from Brazil comprised USD 261.2 million.

Main export items: urea, insulin, flat rolled steel products, tires for passenger vehicles, anthracitic coal.

Main import items: tobacco and its substitutes, coffee, pork,
ferrous alloy
.

In the first half of 2015 the bilateral trade in goods totaled USD 101.8 million with Ukrainian exports reaching USD 24.0 million and imports from Brazil –
USD 77,8 million.

There is a JSC "Motor Sich" representative office in Brazil.

The Intergovernmental Ukraine-Brazil Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation was established in 2001.

5. Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation:

The Dragomanov National Pedagogical University provides distant Ukrainian language study courses in Brazil.

The Brazilian film festivals are being held in Ukraine.

6. Scientific and Educational Cooperation:

The implementation of the so-called “Insulin project” on the industrial production of insulin based on the Ukrainian technology in Brazil has significant scientific component. The exchange of scientific and practical experience in the prevention of the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases is carried out. The National Technical University of Ukraine "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute", Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Karazin Kharkiv National University, Odessa National Polytechnic University have cooperation ties with Brazilian universities.

7. Legal Framework:

The number of valid documents: 52.

Key documents:

Agreement on the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations (in force since 11.02.1992), Friendship and Cooperation Agreement (in force since 12.11.1995), Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (in force since 30.12.1996), Agreement on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (in force since 27.05.2009).

8. The Ukrainian Community:

According to the estimates there are around 600 thousands ethnic Ukrainians in Brazil. Most of them live in the state of Paraná - over 400 thousand, as well as in the states of São Paulo, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul. The representative body of the Ukrainian non-governmental organizations in Brazil is the Ukrainian-Brazilian Central Representation. Ukrainian religious groups are united around 24 parishes (200 churches) of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church and 16 parishes of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. August 24 is proclaimed by the Law of Brazil #4324/2008 as the National Day of the Ukrainian community in Brazil. The 125th anniversary of the beginning of the Ukrainian immigration to Brazil will be celebrated in 2016.

The culture festivals, folk group performances, exhibitions and presentations are regularly organized by the Ukrainian community in Brazil. The second edition of the bilingual book "Taras Shevchenko: the poet of Ukraine" was released on the occasion of the poet’s 200th birthday anniversary.

9. Diplomatic Representations of Ukraine:

Embassy of Ukraine to the Federative Republic of Brazil, http://brazil.mfa.gov.ua/pt

Consulate of Ukraine in Sao Paulo http://sao-paulo.mfa.gov.ua/ua

Canada

1. Recognition of Ukraine: December 2, 1991 (Canada was the first of the Western countries to recognize Ukraine’s independence and the second after Poland).

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: 27 January 1992.

3. Political relations:

Ukraine and Canada enjoy long-standing friendly relations with a high level of cooperation. Canada actively supports democratic transformations in Ukraine after the Revolution of Dignity, provides political, financial, and technical assistance to conduct important reforms in our country. Canadian government has consistently supported Ukraine both within the international organizations (including the UN, OSCE, NATO and G7), and on bilateral level after the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia and its aggression on Donbass. The Canadian leadership condemns the Russian hostility against Ukraine and confirms the Canada's stance of non-recognition of illegal annexation of the Crimea, support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Moreover, Canada has announced economic and political sanctions against Russian individuals and companies as well as representatives of the so-called "Donetsk People’s Republic" and "Lugansk People’s Republic" and separatist leaders; on 29 June 2015, the ban was imposed to effectuate trade and investment operations with operators in occupied Crimea.

Since the beginning of 2014 the bilateral dialogue has considerably intensified: President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko paid an official visit to Canada on September 16-17, 2014; Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper visited Ukraine three times (on March 22, 2014, on June 7, 2014, and on June 6, 2015). On July 14, 2015, Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk paid a visit to Canada. Different institutions of both states, including the ministries of foreign affairs, develop fruitful and mutually beneficial cooperation.

Inter-parliamentary friendship group "Canada - Ukraine" was active in the 43 session of the Parliament of Canada (the Canadian parliament is now dissolved, elections are scheduled for October 19, 2015). In February 2015, the friendship group with the Parliament of Canada was formed in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine of the current convocation (Chair - V.Vovk, consists of 55 deputies).

4. Trade and economic cooperation.

Volume of bilateral trade between Ukraine and Canada do not correspond to their potential. According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, in 2014 it was of 263.8 mln. USD (12.2% less than in 2013); exports to Canada was of 72.6 mln. USD (+38.8%), imports from Canada - 191.2 mln. USD (-19.2%). The volume of trade of services in 2014 amounted to 125.3 mln. USD (21.9% less than in 2013); export was of 86.7 mln. USD (-15.9%), import - 38.6 mln. USD (-31.3%).

In the first quarter of 2015 exports of goods to Canada was of 7.57 mln. USD (43.6% of the same period in 2014), imports from Canada - 26.6 mln. USD (54.8%). Trade of services in the first quarter of 2015: exports - 15.2 mln. USD (79% of the first quarter of 2014), import - 13.85 mln. USD (68%).

The structure of exports from Ukraine to Canada - copper wares, mineral fuel, oil and refining products, ferrous metals and products, nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and fertilizers.

In the structure of imports dominated the supply of pharmaceutical products.

Ukrainian-Canadian trade cooperation will develop further  due to the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine. The negotiations on this important document were finalized during Mr. Yatsenyuk’s visit to Canada (July 14, 2015). Signing and entry into force of the mentioned Agreement is expected to take place by the end of 2016.

Canadian-Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce actively promotes the bilateral trade relations (http://www.cucc.ca/)

As of December 31, 2014 Canada invested 79 mln USD, representing 0.2% of all direct foreign investment in Ukraine.

The major spheres of Canadian investment are processing industry; transport, warehousing, postal and courier activities; administrative and support services; wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles; real estate operations.

5. Cultural and humanitarian cooperation

1.2 million Canadian Ukrainians has a very developed system of non-governmental cultural organizations, academic and research institutions, museums, art groups, art associations etc. It causes a large number of people-to-people contacts as well as direct cooperation between Ukrainian organizations in Canada and similar institutions in Ukraine.

10 Ukrainian festivals are held every year in various cities of Canada. The oldest among them is the Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival, held in Dauphin, Manitoba since 1965; the largest Ukrainian festival in North America is the annual Ukrainian Festival in Toronto.

6. The scientific and educational cooperation

Scientific and educational cooperation between Ukraine and Canada is very intense. Exchanges of students and professors between the universities, joint training programs, etc. are widely practiced. Cooperation agreements are signed between the Kiev National University  and University of Manitoba, Institute of International Relations and Carleton University (Ottawa), Ukrainian National Technical University "Kyiv Polytechnic Institute" and the University of Winnipeg, Ternopil National Economic University and Technological Institute of British Columbia, Lviv National University and the University of Alberta (Edmonton). There are student exchanges between the Chernivtsi National University and the University of Saskatchewan, Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas and the University of Regina.

Within the framework of the Canadian-Ukrainian Parliamentary Program (CUPP) (since 1991) 30 Ukrainian students work as interns in the offices of members of Parliament of Canada every year.

There are departments of Ukrainian Studies in many universities of Canada. Since 1976 the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies operates  in the University of Alberta (www.ualberta.ca/CIUS/), in 1993 was established the chair of Ukrainian studies at the University of Ottawa (http://socialsciences.uottawa.ca/ukraine/), in 1998 the Ukrainian Heritage Research Centre was established at the University of Saskatchewan (http://pcuh.stmcollege.ca/). Ukrainian departments successfully work in the Universities of Toronto and Manitoba.

7. The legal base of Ukrainian-Canadian cooperation

Number of agreements in force: 50

Key bilateral documents: the Agreement on Friendship and Cooperation between
Ukraine and Canada (signed 24.10.1994), the Agreement between the Government
of Ukraine and the Government of Canada for the Promotion and Protection of
Investments (signed 24.10.1994), Agreement between the Government of Ukraine
and the Government of Canada on Economic Cooperation (signed 24.10.1994).

8. Ukrainian diaspora in Canada

According to the last census (2006), Canada is home to 1.2 million people of Ukrainian origin. Ukrainians are the 3.87% of the total population, it is the seventh national minority in Canada.

Ukrainian community in Canada is the second largest one living abroad.

Ukrainian Canadian created  numerous non-governmental organizations, religious associations, dance groups, Ukrainian choirs, amateur theaters, financial institutions, sports clubs etc., there are over 1,000 ethnic Ukrainian organizations overall in Canada. They are situated in major cities of Canada - Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon and others.

The majority of Ukrainian organizations merged into the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC, http://www.ucc.ca/), whose head office is located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Given the size and influence of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada, Toronto was chosen as the headquarters of the Ukrainian World Congress (UWC, http://www.ukrainianworldcongress.org/), umbrella organization that coordinats activity of Ukrainian communities worldwide.

Ukrainian Canadian community carefully preserves the Ukrainian language, culture and traditions. Canadian Ukrainians have also provided substantial assistance to Ukraine in the context of countering Russian aggression.

9. Ukrainian diplomatic missions in Canada:

Embassy of Ukraine in Canada - http://canada.mfa.gov.ua/ua

Consulate General of Ukraine in Toronto - http://toronto.mfa.gov.ua

The Republic of Chile

1. Recognition of independence of Ukraine: January 9, 1992

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: January 28, 1992

3. Political relations:

Chile continuously supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the international arena, in particular within the UN General Assembly and the UN Security Council.

The “Chile-Ukraine” Friendship Groups were established in both chambers of the National Congress of the Republic of Chile. The Group for inter-parliamentary relations with the Republic of Chile was established in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine in July 15, 2015.

4. Trade and economic relations:

In 2014 the bilateral trade amounted to USD 60 million with Ukraine’s negative balance of USD 47.9 million. The exports of the Ukrainian goods totaled
USD 6.1 million, while imports from Chile totaled USD 54 million.

In the first half of 2015 the bilateral trade in goods amounted to USD 16.8 million with exports from Ukraine totaling USD 1.3 million and imports from Chile – USD 15.4 million.

Main export items: equipment, machinery.

Main import items: ores, slag and ash, seeds and oleaginous fruits.

5.  Cultural and humanitarian cooperation:

The Chile-Ukraine Integration Chamber was founded in 2014 by the Chilean businessmen and the Ukrainian community. The Chamber is aimed at promotion of cooperation, economic and cultural ties between Ukraine and Chile.

Countries’ capitals Kyiv and Santiago enjoy twin-city relations. There is also an Agreement on friendship and cooperation between the cities of Odesa and Valparaíso.

6. The legal framework:

Number of valid documents: 19.

Key instruments:

Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (in force since 11.04.2003); Agreement on Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic, Service and Official Passports (in force since 22.11.2000); Agreement on Mutual Travel Requirements Applicable to Their Nationals (signed in April 2015, not yet in force).

7. Diplomatic representations of Ukraine:

Embassy of Ukraine to the Argentine Republic (the Ambassador of Ukraine to the Argentine Republic has concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Chile),

http://argentina.mfa.gov.ua

The Republic of Cuba

1. Recognition of Ukraine: December 6, 1991

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: March 12, 1992

3. Political relations:

Cuba voted against the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly #68/262 of 27 March 2014 "The territorial integrity of Ukraine" as well as the resolutions adopted in support of Ukraine by the UN Human Rights Council (2014) and UNESCO (2014 and 2015).

On March 31, 2015 Parliamentary group on the relations with the Republic of Cuba was established in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. The "Cuba-Ukraine" friendship group is formed in the National Assembly of People's Power of the Republic of Cuba.

4. Trade and Economic Relations:

In 2014 the bilateral trade in goods and services amounted to USD 87.4 million. Ukrainian exports to Cuba amounted to USD 85.1 million, while imports from Cuba amounted to USD 2.2 million. Ukraine’s positive trade balance was
USD 82.9 million.

In the first half of 2015 the bilateral trade totaled USD 31.7 million with exports to Cuba amounting to USD 31.3 million and imports from Cuba – USD 0.4 million. Ukraine’s positive trade balance was USD 30.9 million.

Aircrafts, machinery, cereals and fertilizers are the main export items to Cuba while coffee, juices, tobacco are primary import items from Cuba. Cuba’s investments in Ukraine’s economy amount to USD 2.1 million and are mostly present in health care and pharmaceutical industry.

With the delivery of 4 Ukraine-built An-158 aircrafts to Cuba in 2014-2015 the Cuban aviation fleet totaled 6 planes of this type.

There is a joint company on the repair and modernization of «KrAZ» trucks in Cuba.

5. Humanitarian cooperation: 

According to the statistics of the Cuban Side 24 thousand Ukrainian patients including 20 thousand children received medical and rehabilitation treatment within the “Children of Chornobyl” bilateral health program.

6. The legal framework:

Number of valid documents: 61.

Key instruments:

Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (in force since 11.08.1999); Consular Convention (in force since 15.01.2004).

7. Diplomatic representations of Ukraine:

Embassy of Ukraine to the Republic of Cuba

http://cuba.mfa.gov.ua/es

The Republic of Colombia

1. Recognition of Ukraine: May 27, 1992

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: August 18, 1992

3. Political relations:

Colombia supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine in the international arena.

4. Trade and economic relations:

In 2014 the bilateral trade in goods amounted to 69.6 million USD. The volume of domestic exports amounted to USD 46.7 million and the volume of imports to USD 22.9 million.

In the first half of 2015 the bilateral trade totaled USD 30 million. Ukrainian exports amounted to USD 10.9 million. Imports of Colombian products amounted to USD 19.1 million. Ukraine's negative balance of foreign trade amounts to 8.2 million USD. The main Ukrainian export items are: structural carbon steel, ferrous metal products, machinery, mineral and nitrogen chemicals. The Ukrainian import items are: metallurgical coal and petroleum products, timber, coffee, tea, cocoa and food products.

5. The legal framework:

Number of valid agreements: 5, including the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the Republic of Colombia on Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic, Service and Official Passports (in force since 03.16.2015).

6.  Diplomatic representations of Ukraine:

The Embassy of Ukraine in Peru attends to the development of Ukrainian-Colombian relations.

http://peru.mfa.gov.ua/ua

United Mexican States

1.   Recognition of Ukraine: December 25, 1991.

2.   Establishment of diplomatic relations: 14 January 1992.

3.   Political relations:

Mexico continuously supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the international arena.

4.  Trade and economic relations

Mexico is among Ukraine’s major trade partners in Latin America and the Caribbean.

In 2014 the bilateral trade amounted to USD 249.8 million with Ukraine’s positive balance of USD 56.9 million. Ukrainian exports to Mexico amounted to USD 153.4 million with imports from Mexico reaching USD 96.4 million.

In the first half of 2015 the bilateral trade totaled USD 92.1 million. A positive balance for Ukraine amounted to USD 29.5 million with exports to Mexico totaling USD 60.8 million and imports from Mexico – USD 31.3 million.

The main Ukrainian export items were iron, fertilizers, cereals, equipment, mineral fuels and petrochemicals.

Major imported items from Mexico were electrical machinery and equipment, vehicles, pharmaceutical products, optical instruments, soft drinks, spirits, chemical products, fish and coffee.

Mexico’s investments in Ukraine’s economy amounted to USD 9 million.

The Ukraine-Mexico Intergovernmental Commission was established in 2007.

5.   Cultural cooperation:

At the international festivals held in Mexico in the first half of 2015 Ukraine was represented by S.Loznytsya’s documentary film «Maydan», O.Radynskiy’s short film «Integration» as well as by the musical ethnic group «DakhaBrakha». The weeks of Mexican films in Ukraine are organized by the Mexican side. 

6.   Scientific and educational cooperation:

In July 2015 the cooperation between the Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv and the National Autonomous University of Mexico was established.

7. The legal framework:

Number of valid documents: 23.

Key instruments:

Declaration on Principles of Relations and Cooperation between Ukraine and Mexico (in force since 25.09.1997); Agreement on Cooperation in Science, Engineering and Technology (in force since 20.02.1998); Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (in force since 19.12.2004); Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income (in force since 23.01.2012).

8. Diplomatic representations of Ukraine:

Embassy of Ukraine to the United Mexican States, http://mexico.mfa.gov.ua/es  

Republic of Panama

1.   Recognition of Ukraine: January 1, 1992.

2.   Establishment of diplomatic relations: May 21, 1993.

3.   Political relations:

Panama supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the international arena.

4.   Trade and economic relations.

In 2014 the bilateral trade turnover amounted to USD 176.3 million with a positive balance of USD 126.2 million for Ukraine. The exports from Ukraine to Panama amounted to USD 151.2 million while imports from Panama totaled USD 25.1 million.

In this period the bilateral trade in goods totaled USD 33.2 million with Ukraine’s positive balance of USD 29.8 million. The exports from Ukraine to Panama amounted to USD 31.5 million while imports from Panama reached USD 1.7 million.

Petroleum products, electrical machinery and equipment, milling industry products and cereals were the main Ukrainian export items. Fruit and coffee were major imported items from Panama.

The bilateral trade in services amounted to 143.1 USD million with a positive balance of USD 96.4 million for Ukraine. The exports from Ukraine to Panama amounted to USD 119.7 million, while imports from Panama reached USD 23.3 million.

The Ukrainian export services were predominantly transport, telecommunication, computer and information services, repair and maintenance, while Ukraine mostly imported transport, business services, royalty, telecommunication, computer, information and financial services from Panama.

In the first half of 2015 the bilateral trade in goods between the countries amounted to USD 3.7 million with a positive balance of USD 2.1 million for Ukraine. The exports from Ukraine to Panama amounted to USD 2.9 million while imports from Panama reached USD 0.8 million.

In this period the bilateral trade in services amounted to USD 71.5 million with Ukraine’s positive balance of USD 61.9 million. The exports from Ukraine to Panama amounted to USD 66.7 million with imports from Panama reaching USD 4.8 million.

5.   The legal framework:

Number of documents: 11.

Key instruments:

Agreement on the Abolition of Visas (in force since 16.08.2013); Agreement on Merchant Shipping (in force since 19.11.2004); Agreement on Promotion and Mutual Protection of Investments (in force since 13.06.2007).

6.  The diplomatic representations of Ukraine:

Embassy of Ukraine to the United Mexican States (the Ambassador of Ukraine to Mexico has concurrent accreditation to Panama), http://mexico.mfa.gov.ua/es

The Republic of Paraguay

1. Recognition of Independence of Ukraine: April 1, 1992

2. Establishment of Diplomatic Relations: February 26, 1993

3. Political Relations

Paraguay has abstained in the vote of the UN Resolution № 68/262 of 27 March 2014 «The territorial integrity of Ukraine».

The Parliamentary Committee of Friendship with Ukraine was established in the Congress of the Republic of Paraguay.

4. Cultural and Humanitarian Cooperation

The cultural events are held by the Ukrainian community with the organizational assistance of the Embassy of Ukraine and Honorary Consulate of Ukraine to Republic of Paraguay. The Ukrainian folk dance groups are founded in almost every municipality of Itapúa Department where the ethnic Ukrainians reside.

5. The Legal Framework

Number of valid documents: 10.

Key instruments:

Treaty on Friendly Relations and Cooperation (signed in April 2012, the Ukrainian side completes internal procedures necessary for its entry into force), Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (valid since 30.10.2009), Agreement on the Abolition of Visas (valid since 28.05.2009).

6. The Ukrainian Community

The Ukrainian community in Paraguay numbers approximately 12.000 ethnic Ukrainians.

In the department of Itapúa there are 4 branches of the Ukrainian cultural society “Prosvita”, 7 Ukrainian orthodox churches and 10 Ukrainian Greek Catholic churches, the Fellowship of St.Jura (orthodox) and the Ukrainian Evangelic Baptist Union.

7. Diplomatic Representations of Ukraine

Embassy of Ukraine to the Argentine Republic (the Ambassador of Ukraine to Argentina is also designated as the Ambassador of Ukraine to Paraguay with residence in Buenos Aires) http://argentina.mfa.gov.ua

The Republic of Peru

1. Recognition of Ukraine: December 26, 1991

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: May 7, 1992

3. Political relations:

Peru supports Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the international arena. 

The Peru-Ukraine Friendship Group is established in the Congress of the Republic of Peru.

4.  Trade and economic relations

In 2014 the bilateral trade in goods amounted to USD 18 million. The Ukrainian exports totaled USD 10.6 million, while imports of the Peruvian products totaled
USD 7.4 million. Ukraine’s positive trade balance was USD 3.2 million. The bilateral trade in services totaled USD 3.7 million. The Ukrainian exports comprised
USD 2.2 million and imports – USD 1.5 million. The Ukrainian exports mainly include the aircraft industry produce.     

In the first half of 2015 the bilateral trade in goods amounted to USD 4.6 million. The Ukrainian exports totaled USD 2 million, while imports of Peruvian products totaled USD 2.6 million. Ukraine’s negative balance stood at USD 0.6 millon.

Main export items: machinery, instruments, photographic and optical devices, plastics, polymers.

Main import items: fish and crustaceans, edible fruit and nuts, inorganic chemistry products.

5. Cultural cooperation

Performances of the Ukrainian joint ballet troupe of Kyiv and Kharkiv academic opera and ballet theatres (April, 2015) in Peru.

6.  Scientific and educational cooperation

The cooperation in the field of science and technology rests upon the Agreements signed on the one side by the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine, the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine and by a number of Peruvian Universities – on the other side.  

In April 2014 the delegation of the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine paid a working visit to Peru. The Memorandum on Cooperation between the National Academy of Agrarian Sciences of Ukraine and the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the St. Marcos University (Peru) was signed in the course of the visit.

In the 2013-2014 academic year around 20 Peruvian students graduated from the Ukrainian universities.

7. The legal framework:

Number of valid documents: 25

Key instruments:

Agreement between on Friendly Relations and Cooperation (08.06.2006); Agreement on Mutual Recognition of Documents on Education and Academic Titles (16.07.2004); Agreement on the Abolition of Visas for Holders of Diplomatic, Service and Special Passports (27.03.2005); Trade and Economic Agreement (07.11.2005); Framework Agreement on Cooperation in Space Industry (30.05.2011); Agreement on Military-Technical Cooperation (20.01.2014).

8. Diplomatic representations of Ukraine:

Embassy of Ukraine to the Republic of Peru, http://peru.mfa.gov.ua/es

The Eastern Republic of Uruguay

1. Recognition of Independence of Ukraine: December 26, 1991

2. Establishment of Diplomatic Relations: May 18, 1992

3. Political Relations

Uruguay has abstained in the vote of the UN Resolution № 68/262 of 27 March 2014 «The territorial integrity of Ukraine».

4. Trade and Economic Relations

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine the bilateral trade in 2014 amounted to USD 12,9 million. The Ukrainian exports totaled USD 9,4 million, while the imports from Uruguay totaled USD 3,5 million.

For the first 6 months of 2015 the volume of bilateral trade amounted to
USD 1 million mainly due to imports to Ukraine.

Main exports items: ferrous metals, machinery.

Main imports items: pharmaceutical products, leather, fish and crustaceous.

5. The Legal Framework

Number of valid documents: 4.

Key instruments:

Treaty on Friendly Relations and Cooperation (signed in April 2012, not in force);

Agreement on Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic, Service and Official Passports (valid since 08.10.2013).

6. Diplomatic Representations of Ukraine

Embassy of Ukraine to the Argentine Republic (the Ambassador of Ukraine to Argentina is also designated as the Ambassador of Ukraine to Uruguay with residence in Buenos Aires) http://argentina.mfa.gov.ua

USA

1. Recognition of independence of Ukraine: December 25, 1991.

2. Establishment of diplomatic relations: January 3, 1992.

3. Political relations:

3.1. High-level dialogue:

Following Ukraine’s independence the U.S. provides it with practical support for strengthening democracy and developing of the open market economy closely integrated into the EU.

Ukraine-U.S. bilateral dialogue enjoyed significant activity during 2014-2015. Most important in this regard were:

March 12-13, 2014 – visit of the Ukraine’s delegation headed by the Prime-Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk to the U.S.;

April 21-22, 2014 – visit of the U.S. Vice President Biden to Ukraine;

June 7, 2014 – second visit of the U.S. Vice President Biden to Kyiv in order to attend the swearing-in of Petro Poroshenko as President of Ukraine;

September 4, 2014 – President Poroshenko meeting with U.S. President Obama at the NATO Wales Summit;

September 17-18, 2014 - President Poroshenko paid a working visit to the United States and met with President Obama, Vice President Biden and other governmental officials as well as addressed the U.S. Congress;

November 20-21, 2014 – third visit of the Vice President Biden to Kyiv in 2014. While in Kyiv Vice President met with President Poroshenko and Prime-Minister Yatsenyuk;

February 7, 2015 - President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Munich (Germany);

July 13, 2015 – Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk attended the first U.S. -Ukraine business forum in Washington, D.C. and held bilateral meetings with the U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, Acting Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

3.2. Foreign ministries’ dialogue:

Ukraine and the U.S Foreign Ministries enjoy an active dialogue on issues of bilateral interest. There were several contacts between the Foreign Ministers during the year, namely:

March 4, 2014 – visit of the U.S. Secretary of State Kerry to Ukraine;

June 25, 2014 – Meeting of the Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Klimkin with the Secretary Kerry at the NATO headquarters;

July 26-29, 2014 – Visit of Minister Klimkin to the Unites States. While in Washington, Minister Klimkin met with Vice President Biden and Secretary Kerry.

February 5, 2015 - visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to Ukraine and meetings with the leadership of our country.

May 13, 2015 - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin met with the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry within the framework of NATO ministerial activities in Antalya.

3.3. Inter-parliamentary cooperation:

U.S.-Ukraine inter-parliamentary cooperation is characterized by positive dynamics. The Ukrainian Congressional Caucus (established in 1997) unites more than 30 U.S. lawmakers and plays a significant role in deepening bilateral relations. In February 2015, 15 American senators joined the Senate Ukraine Caucus.

Since 2014 Members of the U.S. Congress introduced dozens of draft resolutions and bills on Ukraine. 12 of them have passed, including bills “Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine”, “United States International Programming to Ukraine and Neighboring Regions” and “Ukraine Freedom Support Act”. As of today, the US Congress is overwhelmingly united in providing Ukraine with additional financial and military support, including defensive arms.

Members of the Caucuses meet with representatives of the Ukrainian Government and members of the Ukrainian Parliament. They also actively participate in events on the Hill that are dedicated to the benefit of Ukraine. One example is the annual Ukrainian Days in Congress. Active position of the Ukrainian community in the United States is an important factor of the Caucuses’ work.

Bilateral high-level bodies:

The Ukraine-U.S. Strategic Partnership Commission (SPC).

3.4. Political and financial support of Ukraine:

On December 18, 2014, the U.S. President Barack Obama signed the Ukraine Freedom Support Act of 2014 into law. Along with political and humanitarian support, it envisages the possibility of allocating USD 350 million worth of military aid, including defensive weapons, to Ukraine within the next years.

The United States also play leading role in the process of increasing pressure, in particular economic, on the regime of Vladimir Putin. Administration continues to work closely with allies and partners in Europe and internationally to respond to developments in Ukraine and continues to review and calibrate sanctions to respond to Russia's actions.

Since March 2014 the United States contributed more than USD 471 million to support the security sector of Ukraine, restore economic stability, facilitate necessary reforms and provide humanitarian assistance to victims of the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

In addition, The United States provided Ukraine with a USD 1 billion loan guarantees in May 2014 and in May 2015. If our country continues to advance necessary reforms the U.S. Congress will consider providing Ukraine with additional USD 1 billion in loan guarantees by the end of 2015.

4. Trade and economic cooperation:

According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, the trade turnover between Ukraine and the U.S. in January-May 2015 decreased by 24.5% (or 256 USD million) compared to the previous year and amounted USD 787 million.

According to the State Statistics Service of Ukraine, exports of Ukrainian goods to the U.S. amounted to 209.8 USD million, imports of the U.S. products to Ukraine amounted to 598 USD million by the end of May this year.

Exports of services to the US during the first quarter 2015 amounted to USD 154.7 million, imports totaled to 59.9 USD million. The positive balance of trade in services in the first quarter of 2015 was USD 94.8 million.

The U.S. is eleventh largest investor in Ukraine's economy (1.9% of all direct foreign investments). In 2014 the United States invested around USD 862.3 million.

5. Cultural and humanitarian cooperation:

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation between Ukraine and the United States is based on four core agreements. The existing legal framework provides for effective and comprehensive development of all areas of bilateral humanitarian cooperation fostering the introduction of traditions, history and cultural heritage of Ukraine and the U.S. community.

All types of Ukrainian art including art exhibitions, concerts of classical, folk and popular music, film screenings are vividly represented throughout the territory of the United States.

There are approximately forty Ukrainian Weekend Schools in the U.S. They are aimed at the preservation of the Ukrainian language and maintaining national cultural traditions and patriotism. This success story is based on enthusiasm and dedication of the local Ukrainian communities willing to raise dignified new generations of young US Ukrainians.

Another area of humanitarian cooperation pertains to the academic and professional exchanges between Ukraine and the United States that have been ongoing since the early 1990s and financed by the U.S. Congress, the Department of State and USAID, and implemented through a number of activist NGOs.

6. Scientific and technical cooperation:

The Ukraine-U.S. cooperation in the sphere of science and technology rests upon the Agreement between the Government of Ukraine and the Government of the United States on Scientific and Technological Cooperation, signed on December 4, 2006. The Agreement contributed to promoting ties between scientific and technological institutions, exchange of experience, information and technologies in the areas of mutual interest.

The “Antares” project serves as an example of successful Ukraine-U.S. cooperation in the space sector. In its framework, the Ukrainian “Pivdenne” State Company in cooperation with the U.S. Orbital Sciences Corporation developed a new space launch system called Antares, on the basis of Mayak launch vehicle. The Ukrainian enterprises Makarov Southern Machine-Building Plant, Khartron-Arcos and the U.S. Aerojet are also involved in the project.

The Cyclone-4 space launch system upgrade and its use for space launches from the U.S. spaceports could be a potential area of Ukraine-U.S. cooperation.

7. Legal framework:

Ukraine and the U.S. have concluded more than 130 agreements that cover a wide range of issues, including trade and economy, science and technology, humanitarian issues, and legal assistance.

Key instruments:

U.S.-Ukraine Charter on Strategic Partnership (signed 19.12.2008);

Priorities for U.S.-Ukraine Cooperation (Road Map, signed 01.04.2008);

Agreement Regarding Humanitarian and Technical Economic Cooperation (in force since 05.07.1992);

Treaty Concerning the Encouragement and Reciprocal Protection of Investments (in force since 16.11.1996);

Open Skies Agreement (signed 14.07.2015) etc. 

8. Ukrainian community:

More than 900,000 Ukrainians living in the United States are the important factor for the efficient realization of Ukraine-U.S. cooperation potential (the U.S. Ukrainian-speaking media states that there are 2 million Ukrainians in the United States). In this regard, strong ties with the Ukrainian community and meeting its ethnic and cultural needs are among key priorities of Ukraine’s foreign policy.

The U.S. Ukrainian community is a traditional co-sponsor and participant of basically every Ukraine-related cultural and social event in the United States. The scope of their activities rangers from fundraising charitable concerts (all proceeds go to Ukraine as a humanitarian aid) to lobbing and raising awareness among the members of the U.S. Congress. The leading role in the U.S. Ukrainian community belongs to such organizations as the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the Ukrainian Federation of America, the Ukrainian-American Coordinating Council, the US-Ukraine Foundation, the Washington Group, the Association of Citizens of Ukraine, the Ukrainian-American Environmental Association, the Ukrainian Society of Engineers and Doctors of America, the SUM and PLAST youth organizations, «The Fourth Wave», «Razom», «United Help Ukraine», «US Ukrainian Activists» and many others all over the country.

9. Diplomatic representations of Ukraine:

Embassy of Ukraine to the United States of America, http://usa.mfa.gov.ua;

Consulate General of Ukraine in Chicago, http://chicago.mfa.gov.ua;

Consulate General of Ukraine in San Francisco, http://san-francisco.mfa.gov.ua;

Consulate General of Ukraine in New York, http://ny.mfa.gov.ua.